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A '''ballpoint pen''', also known as a "biro", "ball pen", or "dot pen" (in Indian English) is a pen that dispenses ink over a Ball (bearing)|metal ball at its point, i.e. over a "ball point". The metal commonly used is steel, brass, or tungsten carbide. It was conceived and developed as a cleaner and more reliable alternative to Quill pen|quill and fountain pens, and it is now the world's most-used Writing implement|writing instrument: millions are manufactured and sold daily. As a result, it has influenced art and graphic design and spawned ballpoint pen artwork|an artwork genre. Pen manufacturers produce Brand|designer ballpoint pens for the Luxury goods|high-end and collectors' markets. The Bic Cristal is a popular disposable type of ballpoint pen whose design is recognised by its place...
Inventor{{hlist|class=nowrap |John Loud |László Bíró {{smaller|(patents)}}}}
CompanyMultiple brands
AvailableWorldwide mass-production
NotesUbiquitous writing instrument
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